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50 Holiday Gifts Under $50

Welcome to gift central! Here are great holiday gifts that won't break the bank!

By Caren Oppenheim

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Hess truck
Avery Powell
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Avery Powell
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Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
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Avery Powell
Bryan McCay
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2012 Hess Helicopter and Rescue SUV

For the first time in 48 years, the annual Hess truck can be ordered online. At last, anyone, anywhere can get in on this fun tradition.

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Melamine Latke Salad Plate

Strike while the oil's hot: Send latkes straight from the frying pan to this clever plate.

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Discovery Kids Daisy Bloom Alarm Clock

Think peace, love and happiness, courtesy of a built-in alarm, LCD clock and four colorful images to beam on a wall or ceiling.

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Fruits & Passion Cucina Perfumed Candles

A scented candle inside a keeper miniature casserole pot—that's what's cookin'.

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Chocolate Notepad

Looks good enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, but it's actually a notepad.

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Lego Big Ben

Cap off London's all-star year with a 346-piece Big Ben. Cheerio!

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Type: Wall Decals

Big, bold letters (easy to remove later) add character to any wall. Word up!

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Dreidel Muffin Silicone Bakeware

Dreidels made with muffin mix put a new spin on the Jewish holidays.

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Fantastic Unplastic Tray

An elegant blown-glass take on the plastic cookie tray? Sweet.

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Everything Is Going to Be OK 2013 Wall Calendar

Spot-on for anyone who could use a little Zen for the coming year.

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Polyflax Polypaper Serving Bowl

Earth-friendly and eye-catching additions to your table.

$25, Bloomingdale's stores

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Polyflax Polypaper Serving Spoons

Earth-friendly and eye-catching additions to your table.

$10/pair, Bloomingdale's stores

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Tacky, too-colorful board game boxes are out—sleek ones that resemble leather books are in.

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Tech Knit Hat with Headphones

Tuning out the world has never looked better.

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Mark Over Ice Necklace

In a neck-and-neck competition for the season's best bling, this wins.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Yellow Label Gloves

Fingerless cashmere gloves in Veuve Clicquot champagne's signature golden yellow are good reason to bubble over.

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La Mer Special Edition Watches

On time and on trend: That's a wrap.

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Match a Pair of Shoes Memory Game

Fashion doubles as art in this grown-up take on a childhood fave, Memory.

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Viewfinder Frame

Real life meets Facebook when you "Like" this adjustable frame.

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Death Star Planetarium

Take your choice of projections: Earth's night sky or a galaxy far, far away.

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Temporary Hand Tattoos

All kinds of silly, not to mention handy for any breaks in the action on Christmas Day.

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Mr. Tea Infuser

Now, here's a guy used to being in hot water!

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Pop-Up Cookbook Holder

Keeps any cookbook—or tablet—upright and splatter-free, then folds up for easy storage. Bon appétit!

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Clos du Bois Rouge Cosmetique by Pixi

100% of proceeds to Step Up Women's Network.

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St. Jude Ceramic Owls

$5 from the sale of each to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Black Bangle Set

15% of sale price to U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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Charity Mugs

50% of proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Nutcracker Mugs

Cross the holiday's most iconic ballet with a trendy mustache and get...this.

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Snow Globe Salt & Pepper Set

Shake things up with charming winter-themed orbs.

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With the Beatles

Imagine all the people—or John, Paul, Ringo and George—in Life's intimate look at the Fab Four. Love them, yeah, yeah, yeah.

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The Fashion Designer's Handbook and Fashion Kit

For the budding fashionista: patterns, fabrics and a doll-size dummy for creating custom designs. The runway awaits!

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The Original Dog Tarot

Canine curiosities that have forever puzzled dog owners are finally licked in these funny cards. The answers are all bark, no bite.

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Star Wars Origami

"Help me Obi-Wan." Includes how-tos for 36 projects, plus custom-designed paper with movie art.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Download the Weird

If an 18-foot-long crocodile scares up excitement, the odd facts in this book will too. Bonus: Download the new Believe It or Not! app and scan a smartphone over the images to access hidden content.

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China Glaze Keepin' Cozy Gift Set

Three of winter's hottest hues, plus matching gloves, right at your fingertips.

$21, Sally Beauty Supply stores

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Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio

Get a whiff of this: Three classy, elegant and luxurious scents in gorgeous bottles to boot.

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Gilded Cage Six-Piece Holiday Brush Set

Six Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes with a metallic bag that doubles as a clutch.

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Philosophy Sweet Rendezvous

Bring Paris home in sinfully sweet three-in-one bath products. Magnifique!

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Wines That Rock

Bottles with labels inspired by legendary artists and album art definitely go down smooth.

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Set for the Holidays

The ultimate solution for needing a pinch of this or a dash of that—72 individually wrapped packets in just-right teaspoon servings. Comes with 20 holiday-inspired recipes.

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Starbucks Cake Pop Kit

Time to get on the stick and make some minty winter treats. Includes cake mix, frosting and toppings.

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Wild Ophelia Bites

Salted caramel or peanut butter and banana bites might as well come with a warning to loosen the belt a notch.

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The Loveless Piggy Pail

Nashville's famed Loveless Café adds bacon to peanut brittle, pecans and popcorn. All together now: pig heaven.

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Nudo Olive Oil Panettone

Holiday panettone with Nudo extra virgin olive oil imported straight from Italy. The best version you'll ever eat. Get it while it lasts.

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Moon & Lola Acrylic Block Monogram Necklace

In cool neon or classy antique gold, the modern monogram necklace is even better for FC readers with a discount code. (Allow four weeks for Christmas delivery.)

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Pave Monogram Bangle

Elegant and trendy. Simple as that.

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Pinhole Press Photo Wine Labels

Cheers to personalized wine labels that make a basic gift significantly more memorable.

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Pictogram

Instagram addicts, rejoice—now you can opt for real-deal books on high-quality paper.

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Reusable Shopping Bag

Customize this tote with photos, letters or a family name for the long haul.

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Single Initial Pad

No more bitsy scraps of paper with the granddaddy of all notepads (it's 8.5 x 7 inches), available in A to Z and fun sayings.

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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